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Fred Tomaselli

Alchemy and Inquiry: Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, Terry Winters
Glyndor Gallery | April 3—June 19, 2011

The experience of standing in front of Fred Tomaselli’s paintings and works on paper—with their methodical processes and multi-layered collages that reveal themselves upon sustained viewing—is akin to standing at the center of the Flower Garden in June, taking in both panorama and individual petal and leaf. An encyclopedic interest in popular culture and art history informs Fred Tomaselli’s approach as does his engagement with the world around him through gardening, kayaking, and bird-watching. Leaves from his own garden are the first layer in the composition of the painting Coldframe and photogram Bloom #1. The painting The Dust Blows Forward, The Dust Blows Back, with the distant Palisades and resident blue jay, was inspired by a visit to Wave Hill in the fall.

Tomaselli’s recent mid-career survey opened at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, CO (2009), and traveled to the Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in Brooklyn, NY (2010). His work has been included in solo exhibitions at White Cube, London, and James Cohan Gallery, New York. Fred Tomaselli: Monsters of Paradise originated at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2004) and traveled to Domus Artium, Salamanca, Spain; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (2005). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions such as the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2010); 2004 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; andThe Heavenly Tree Grows Downward: Selected Works by Harry Smith, Philip Taaffe and Fred Tomaselli, James Cohan Gallery, New York (2002). Tomaselli earned his BA in Painting and Drawing from California State University, Fullerton, CA.

 

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)
Photo: Ken Goebel

The Dust Blows Forward, The Dust Blows Back, 2011

The Dust Blows Forward, The Dust Blows Back, 2011
Photo collage, acrylic, resin on board
24 x 24 inches
Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick

Dahlia, 2011

Dahlia, 2011
Photo collage, acrylic, resin on wood panel
48 x 48 inches
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick 

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)
Photo: Ken Goebel

Coldframe, 2011

Coldframe, 2011
Leaves, acrylic, resin on wood panel
30 x 24 inches
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick

Bloom #1, 2011

Bloom #1, 2011
14 x 11 inches 
Gouache on photogram
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick

Bloom #2, 2011

Bloom #2, 2011
Gouache on photogram
14 x 11 inches
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick

Bloom #3, 2011

Bloom #3, 2011
Gouache on photogram
14 x 11 inches
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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